​Headlines in health​

NHS Five Year Forward View

The NHS Five Year Forward View (5YFV) was published by NHS England in October 2014 and sets out a vision for the future of the NHS. The 5YFV outlines seven new care models to meet the changing needs of patients, capitalise on the opportunities presented by new technologies and treatments and provide system-wide efficiencies whilst understanding England's diverse population and current health services. 

The seven new models of care are:

  1. Multispecialty Community Providers (MCPs)
  2. Primary and Acute Care Systems (PACS)
  3. Urgent and emergency care networks
  4. Viable smaller hospitals
  5. Specialised care
  6. Modern maternity services
  7. Enhanced health in care homes.

The 5YFV continues by outlining how the implementation of these new models will be supported. While some areas of England will be able to continue commissioning using their current care models, some CCGs and trusts may need to consider these new options to improve the quality of care within local funding.

The ways in which CCGs and trusts will be supported in this are outlined in chapter three of the 5YFV.

Next steps in primary care co-commissioning​

NHS England's recent paper 'Next steps towards primary care co-commissioning' gives CCGs the opportunity to assume greater power and influence over the commissioning of primary medical care from April 2015. There are three primary care co-commissioning models that CCGs can choose from to take forward: greater involvement in primary care decision-making; joint commissioning arrangements; and delegated commissioning arrangement.

Since the announcement, our Transformation and Service Redesign team has been scoping the kind of support CCGs might need depending on which option they decide to pursue. We look forward to discussing how we can tailor our services to support the unique needs of CCG teams in the near future.


NHS winter fund

Alongside this winter's campaign to encourage people to visit their pharmacists for treatment of mild and common conditions instead of increasing pressures on A&E and GP surgeries, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced an additional £300 million to help boost the NHS through the season by paying for more staff and extra bed space.

Combined with the existing fund this is a 75 per cent increase in winter funding compared with last year.

The Government announced that from the new money £25 million will go towards widening access to GPs and £50 million will top up ambulance services. It will also pay for the equivalent of 1,000 extra doctors, 2,000 extra nurses and up to 2,500 extra beds.


Autumn statement

In his Autumn Statement to Parliament on 3 December, the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced that an extra £2billion per year of funding will be allocated to the NHS and there will be a further £1.2 billion investment in GP services across the UK.

In summary, the Autumn Statement provides:

  • £2 billion of additional funding for the frontline NHS in England in 2015-16
  • The Government will spend an additional £1.5 billion on frontline patient care delivered by the NHS in England and create a £200 million transformation fund in 2015-16 to deliver the first year of the Five Year Forward View
  • Create a £1 billion fund for advanced care, such as chemotherapy and dialysis, in GP practices in England
  • Provide £15 million into new and pioneering areas of research into dementia
  • Provide an additional £30 million for NHS England to develop the best approaches to caring for young people with eating disorders in both inpatient and community settings.